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    'La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
    'La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


    Title of Textile:La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone
    Maker: Anonymous
    Country of Origin: Chile
    Year Produced: 1989
    Size (cm): 47cm x 37cm
    Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
    Type of Textile: Arpillera

    Here we see women solo dancing the Cueca, Chile’s national dance, which represents the different emotions and stages of romance. Traditionally it is danced in pairs and is a colourful, joyful performance. These women dance alone, with sombre expression, dressed in severe black and white, wearing the image of their “disappeared” loved one over their heart. Performing the national dance in this manner was their way of denouncing the government’s actions in a public space.

    Their courage, defiance and creativity has inspired people all over the world. The Sting song “They dance alone” was based on it and has been performed by many other singers.

    Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan. In the care of Conflict Textiles collection
    Location: Deborah Stockdale, Donegal, Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Martin Melaugh

    Textile exhibited at: COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 26/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
    COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016
    COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria STITCHING PEACE: Conflict, Arpilleras, M, 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
    Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
    Stitched Voices: Knowing conflict through textiles, 17/11/2017 - 20/12/2017
    Stitched Voices - textila berättelse om politisk våld och motstånd , 29/08/2018 - 21/04/2019
    Embracing Human Rights, 5/11/2019 - 18/12/2019
    Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020
    Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
    Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century, 24/03/2021 - 31/12/2021
    Documentation / Imagination / Creativity - formats of presenting conflict, 21/05/2021 - 21/05/2021
    Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared , 31/08/2021 - 19/12/2021

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